Most of the students have given up hope of returning and continuing their medical education in Ukraine’s war zone. | Photo credit: archive photo
Unexcited about the academic mobility program and worried about the falling value of the rupee and high tuition fees, most medical students returning to Ukraine are withdrawing their admissions to various Ukrainian universities.
Most of the students have given up hope of returning and continuing their medical education in Ukraine’s war zone. Some students have already entered degree courses and others plan to follow engineering courses. Some students, keen on the medical profession, have started preparing for NEET-2023 for the second time.
There are no signs of improvement in the situation in Ukraine and the Union government has failed to accommodate returnees to Indian medical colleges. After the intervention of the Supreme Court, he provided for temporary relocation to other universities in different countries through an “academic mobility program”.
However, in recent days, the value of the rupee has fallen against the US dollar and has led to the high cost of tuition fees in foreign universities.
On the other hand, many Ukrainian medical universities are still pursuing online courses for Indian students. Some students plan to transfer to Georgian medical universities and have applied for the educational documents in their Ukrainian universities. But, these universities charge students a full fee for the transfer of documents. Instead, students take duplicate educational documents and plan to join various degree courses in the state.
Ayesha Huda, the mother of a student from Bengaluru, said: “My daughter was studying at Bukovina State Medical University. The education was really good and she did very well in her first semester. We had high hopes in the union government to welcome him to Indian medical colleges. But, the Center offered the academic mobility program. We cannot bear the high fees in foreign universities. So we withdrew admission and my daughter is preparing for NEET-2023.
Inchara Raj, a resident of Kanakapura, said: “The program is not helpful. Most foreign medical colleges have started their academic year and they will not accept our admission halfway. I do not want to continue my medical studies in Ukrainian universities. Therefore, I plan to take a course here.